Mapping the knowledge of green consumption: a meta-analysis

Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2020 Dec;27(36):44937-44950. doi: 10.1007/s11356-020-11029-y. Epub 2020 Oct 1.


Green consumption can facilitate sustainable industrial development and improve the overall efficiency of resource utilization. In response to rapid economic development and increasing environmental emissions, it is critical to promote green consumption so that the whole society can move toward sustainable development. This study aims to systematically review studies on green consumption by means of meta-analysis, bibliometric analysis, and social network analysis. The results show that green consumption is an interdisciplinary research field, involving environmental science, social science, medical science, economics, and other disciplines. Most productive countries, institutions, authors are identified so that the new researchers in this field can find their research partners. Keywords analysis results help identify the research hotpots in this field. It is suggested that future green consumption research should focus on behavior mechanism, stakeholder coordination, and policy evaluation. In general, the results obtained from this study provide valuable information for researchers and practitioners to promote green consumption research.

Keywords: Environmental economics; Green consumption; Knowledge mapping; Meta-analysis; Sustainable development.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis
  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Bibliometrics*
  • Efficiency
  • Knowledge
  • Sustainable Development*